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New library outfitted with radiant floor heating

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 15:13

A new library has been built in Madison, Wisconsin, to serve the public with a wide variety of services. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the new public library located on 201 West Mifflin Street is expected to change how people use and view libraries. 
The first big change is the size of the space, which has significantly increased.
"Although we've only increased the building capacity by 25 percent, from approximately 95,000 to 120,000 square feet, we've increased the public access in the building from 40,000 to 80,000 square feet," said library director Greg Mickells, according to the news source.
In addition to increasing the usable space, the new library also includes a number of technology services that are rare in libraries. According to the news source, visitors will be able to borrow an iPad to use while they are in the library and sign up for a wide range of classes, including audio engineering. Food brought it from other downtown establishments is also permitted or visitors can visit the in-house cafe. 
The modern additions to the new library don't stop at user technologies. According to the news source, the building was constructed with sustainability in mind. A radiant floor heating system was installed throughout the structure to reduce the cost of heating the building and to improve the comfort visitors felt while they used all of the fine new amenities. Because a radiant floor heating system allows warmth to slowly travel from the floors up, library guests get the most out of the heat being created as it makes its way to the ceiling. A radiant floor heating system is also a great solution for a space that can't have any humidity like a library.